Why Does Achilles Refuse To Fight

Why does Achilles refuse to fight for the Greeks when Agamemnon takes Briseis? Is it love of Briseis? Honor? Pride? 

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Achilles is a Greek hero, and this means he has character flaws. Achilles is enraged when Agamemnon takes Briseis, and this action threatens his pride. Achilles is egotistical and craves glory and fame. He would rather see the Greeks lose than allow Agamemnon to insult him, and this is Achilles' major flaw that eventually leads to his downfall.  When Patroclus dies, Achilles goes back to the war and...

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Achilles mainly flew into a fury because of his honour. 

  • Achilles was a Greek hero and the most powerful warrior and so he had his reputations. So, when Agamemnon decided to take Briseis, his honour was slaughtered. Agamemnon ruins his dignity and thatswhy Achilles becomes furiously enraged.
  • Briseis was Achilles's war-prize but, after Briseis is carried off to Agamemnon's castle she feels upset. Because of the fact, they two are suspected of loving each other and if it is so, then that might be a reason.
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